back to basics

 

 

how I do: midi skirts

I’ve been seeing midi skirts absolutely everywhere lately, so many of my favourite fashion inspirations (Lucy Williams, Devon Carlson just to name 2) have been rocking them and looking amazing.  Especially slip ones like this dreamy Realisation Par style which I’m seriously drooling over but are a bit on the pricey side unfortunately, have been coming up all over my instagram, but since almost everyone I’ve seen wearing them lives in the northern hemisphere where it’s been beautiful and hot, I’ve been waiting for it to warm up a little down here.

I decided to get myself one and jump on the bandwagon, and I’m obsessed. I got mine off Princess Polly from a brand called Rumor. I just bought it in my normal size (an 8), and it fits true to size. Something to keep in mind looking of the photos of it on me, I’m tall (like almost 6ft tall) and my height is made up completely of my legs and my torso is pretty small length ways, so the skirt is more like a knee length on me than it would be on majority of other people. Because my torso is so short, is sits a lot higher on my waist and comes up to around just below my bust. And lastly I have to mention the insane snakeskin print all over it, I’m obsessed. I’ve put together 3 outfits which I would wear with this one skirt, and it’s been really quite easy to style.

This top is one of those pieces that I think everyone should have some sort of version on in their wardrobe. Tops like this are so easy to throw on with just about anything, and there’s so many variations of this style so I feel like there’ll be something for everyone. Mine is from Weekday, and while I didn’t buy this I was given it by a friend, I would not hesitate to buy more with my own money. This one is a size medium, which is fine but if I buy another I think I would prefer it in a small which is my usual size. I’ve tied it in a little knot at the front because I feel like it looks better with the high waist of the skirt.

My boots are from Kmart, surprising I know, but for the price I think they’re so good. I wore them quite a bit when I first got them at the start of winter, and while I don’t wear them constantly now, they were so cheap that if I’m still wearing them occasionally then I don’t think it’s a waste at all. They’re also pretty comfy, better than you would expect. (please ignore how gross and dirty they are)

Top: Weekday (couldn’t find the same colour but you can get the same style here) / Skirt: Princess Polly / Shoes: Kmart (old and not available online anymore) 

Shockingly I’ve put another crop with this skirt, however it’s a very different style to the first. This is the one and only off shoulder top I own. Personally it’s really just not a style I’m that into, and I do feel like it’s been massively overdone, however this one I just was drawn too. It was probably the white crochet that got me, and also the fact that you can wear it sitting on your shoulders as well as off them if you want. I put my Stan Smiths on with this because I am a huge sucker for matchy matchy colours, so white shoes to go with the white top makes sense to me. Of course I could wear this with almost any shoes; slides, boots, other sneakers etc. and it would look good because of how neutral the colours in the outfit are.

Top: H&M (from last summer so not available anymore but something similar here) / Shoes: Adidas

This last outfit that I’ve put together is definitely the one that I would wear the most at this point in time because it’s so good for this transitional weather. I haven’t been a huge cardigan lover for years now, and when I was younger and wore them all the time it was always the very thin knits that I definitely wouldn’t wear these days. However, I’m really into these chunky knits, especially cropped ones that I can wear done up and without anything underneath. I bought this one last year and I love the colour, and I’m always a sucker for brown tortoiseshell buttons which this has too. Like I said, I have a very short torso so while this cardigan is a bit cropped on me, on someone with a more normal length torso it would be shorter.

I’ve put this with my beloved Docs, which honestly I would’ve put with every outfit in this post because I just think they look so good with this skirt. I always love the look of tough looking boots with pretty and girly skirts/dresses, I really love the contrast of it. Mine are so very beat up, but I don’t mind the look of it, I feel like it adds to the overall aesthetic.

Cardigan: ASOS (the same one isn’t available anymore but something similar herehere) / Shoes: Doc Martens 

cream everything

I haven’t posted or written anything on here in coming close onto 2 weeks. I haven’t really been busy, I do work full time but I can’t pretend and say I don’t have any free time, but I’ve been sick lately and just so exhausted all the time it seems. But I really wanted to get back into it because I’d been doing okay with how much I’d been posting recently. The last post I did was new in my wardrobe, and since then I’ve bought a few more things that I love, but I just have one outfit I want to talk about today.

There’s been a few super lovely days lately where I’ve wanted to bring out those slightly more summery clothing, and of some of the things I’ve bought for myself recently are really good for this kind of transitional weather, because I’m sure I can make these work when it’s colder too.

I absolutely love all cream/off white outfits, especially in the summer, but I got these jeans which I really love from Weekday called the Divinity Denim Trouser (they’re out of stock but these ones are pretty similar), which are perfect for this time of year. I hadn’t bought any jeans from Weekday before this pair, and I’d seen so many of the British fashion bloggers that I love absolutely raving about them so I’ve been super keen to try some. I bought mine in a waist 28 because I had heard that the denim is a little stiff and doesn’t have a lot of stretch to it, so like I do with any ASOS jeans I buy a size up rather than going down, because I’d say I’m probably around a waist 27.

These jeans are 100% cotton and I’m pretty sure they were from Weekday’s organic cotton range but like I said these are out of stock currently on ASOS so I can’t double check and I’m not 100% sure on what Weekday calls this range specifically. I haven’t worn these outside of my house yet admittedly, but I think they’ll get a lot of wear, especially before it gets way too hot for jeans.

A look that I think I’ll always love is straight leg/sort of baggy jeans and a tiny tight top. I’m not really into wearing tight clothing all over, I’ll usually just pick either the top or bottom half to be more fitted. I think there’s something a bit androgynous about this look, but with that little twist of a super tight top and I love it. I’d been looking for a top like this for a while, and there seems to be a lot of singlets similar in shape, but a lot that I’d seen hadn’t been as tight as I wanted them to fit, however this one definitely is. It’s from Emory Park, I bought it off ASOS just like the jeans. Just as a little side note, the fabric feels a lot more velvety in person than it looks online, I thought it would be like a basic cotton rib so I was a bit surprised but I do actually really love it either way.

shades of cream

I’ve always seemed to steer away from wearing white, and while I absolutely can not see myself rocking a pair of white skinny jeans any time soon, I love off white and cream shades.

While wearing these almost white colours still is a little scary, and I’m always a lot more cautious than usual so as not to spill things all over myself and stain my clothes, sometimes I risk it if I’m really feeling the outfit, and in these photos I definitely was.

I don’t always like the way that cream pairs with other colours, I like the way it looks with denim, but more than anything I love how it looks when it’s blocked with other shades of cream.

My top is my favourite part of the outfit. I bought it online last year (I think) from Urban Outfitters, and it’s the easiest top to wear. I bought it in a size up so that it would be a little oversized, and I’m glad I did because I love how it fits. I can throw it on with almost anything and it looks good.

The pants I got at TK Maxx and while they’re pretty cute, they’re not very good quality at all. I don’t wear them a whole lot because they are very see through, so you’ve gotta wear the right undies otherwise they’ll definitely be seen. Like I said, I really haven’t worn them all that much and while I was taking these photos today the little popper button broke, which is super disappointing.

I made my friend lend me her cap because the colour matched my outfit so well I just couldn’t not have it in my photos. I love caps like this one in general though and I feel like they’re one of the only hats that kind of suits my head.

My new favourite sunnies, and slides just finishing everything off.

top: Urban Outfitters / pants: J.O.A Los Angeles / hat: Vintage / shoes: Rubi Shoes / sunglasses: Cotton On / belt: Vintage

dressing down

One of my favourite things to do with clothing, especially in summer, is dress it down. I love taking pieces that are really meant to be worn for evenings, or semi-nice occasions, and bringing them down to a super casual level. The easiest way to do this, in my opinion, is just pairing dresses with trainers instead of something nicer.

This dress I bought to wear out on my 19th birthday, which I did and I loved it, but I haven’t worn it at all since. I think that mostly comes down to feeling like it was a dress that I would only wear if I was going out. To me, it just didn’t feel so much like a casual dress.

I feel like maybe a lot of that could come down to the fact that it’s velvet, and while I’m absolutely in love with velvet everything, sometimes it doesn’t feel just any random day is an occasion to wear a full velvet dress. My shoes as well are one of those things that I really love and don’t regret buying, but I just find that I don’t wear that much.

The shoes really do have a lot going on, and that’s one of the reasons I bought them in the first place. Firstly, I think stan smiths are such a good shoe anyway, so when I saw they had this limited edition that had both spots all over and velcro I couldn’t help myself. I just wish I wore them more, and especially with outfits other than jeans and a t-shirt.

Dress: Reverse / Shoes: Adidas / Sunnies: Le Specs

I like this outfit even more than the last one. The dress is pretty new, I only got it a couple of weeks ago, but still, it’s something I’ve only worn once so far. I’m honestly in love with this dress though. I think that the style and fit of it is just perfect, and I want it in a million different colours and patterns.

Last summer I was super obsessed with slip dresses, and styles like it, but this year I’m definitely getting into styles that are much more fitted and I think they’re really flattering. The colours on this dress suit me well (in my humble opinion), and I think plaid and checkering is something that’s always going to look cool.

I paired it with my regular stan smiths in the white and green colourway. I bought these probably about 2 years ago when everyone had either a pair of these or superstars, and I am so glad that the past me decided to get these over a pair of superstars. They’re super comfy, and you can wear them with pretty much anything.

I think the major thing that turned me off wearing them for a while was that they just wouldn’t wear out. I really like my shoes, especially trainers, to look a bit worn out, and the fact that this pair stayed so stark white for so long definitely wasn’t something I was in to. But I’ve kind of got over it, and they have worn out a bit since I first got them, but I guess the fact it’s been something hard to achieve is a testament to how well they wear.

Dress: Beyond Her / Shoes: Adidas / Sunnies: Vintage

And last but definitely not least, is my new favourite outfit. I can not wait to wear this all through summer. The dress I only bought yesterday, which is when I shot these photos, and I’m already obsessed. It’s from Bardot, which is somewhere I honestly never shop, so I was surprised when I saw it and decided I had to have it.

In my eyes, I think it’s very reminiscent of certain Realisation Par dresses, which is probably part of the reason I was so attracted to it in the first place. I love all the detail. The frilly straps are so cute, and the little dots (I feel like the name of them has something to do with dobby, but I don’t know for sure so I won’t commit to that) add a bit of texture. Plus it’s a gorgeous bright red.

And of course, I couldn’t not include an outfit in this post that had my checkered vans in it. I love these shoes so very much. They could be worn with almost any dress, and just take it down a level and make it such a cool outfit. I feel like I’ve gone on quite a bit already in previous posts about these shoes but it’s so hard to stop myself from talking about them.

I think they’re one of those classic pairs of shoes, that even if they aren’t in style anymore, I’ll still love and wear to death. But I also think they’re one of those items that if they happen to go out of style, eventually they’ll come back in again.

Dress: Bardot / Shoes: Vans / Sunnies: Rubi Shoes

P.S. I’m going to New Zealand tomorrow and I doubt I’ll post anything until I get back, so bear with me because I’m sure I’ll have lots of lovely pics to share on here.